Viceroy gets mix right for the lot
- Published on 30 May 2012
The West Australian New Homes
Publication Date: 12/05/2012
Page Number: 14
Byline: Cathy Watts
Stone, wood and neutral render are attractively combined in the front elevation of National Homes’ new Viceroy display, at Honeywood Estate in Wandi.
Chunky stacked stone is used for a feature pier to one side of the double garage and for plinths at the base of painted steel poles supporting a central porch and veranda.
The neat and stylish three- bedroom, two-bathroom home fits comfortably on its 13m-wide lot and has a surprisingly spacious interior that makes the most of every square metre.
Brand manager Tony Harvie said National Homes’ research and design team collaborated with Coco Republic Interior Design to come up with a colour and design palette evoking a warm and inviting feeling.
“Coco Republic Interior Design use computer programs including CAD and VectorWorks to place selected items to scale on to a floor plan,” Mr Harvie said.
“From there they establish the best way to place the furniture, and create mood boards to illustrate each individual piece of furniture, plus rugs, accessories, artwork and mirrors.”
For the Viceroy display, materials had to work within the interior space and be bold design statements without being overwhelming.
“Coco Republic’s use of timber, stone and ‘warm’ textiles inspired us to name the home the Viceroy, for the resort in Aspen, as this home has a similar feeling to the resort, offering a warm, inviting atmosphere.”
This atmosphere is evident when the pivoting front door opens to a long and broad entry with a raised and raking ceiling, which narrows to form a passage to the main living areas.
Immediately right of the front door, the open office is well positioned for people who work from home.
Further along the central thoroughfare, a doorway to the right leads to the two minor bedrooms, divided by a three-way bathroom — with the bath, stone-topped vanity unit and corner shower in one space, plus an extra vanity unit outside the separate toilet.
Each bedroom is double-sized and has a two-door mirrored robe. Beyond the thoroughfare, the main living zone is bright and spacious, where a raised and raking ceiling tops the combined living and dining room, dropping to a flat ceiling above the kitchen.
A big, stone-topped island bench in the kitchen overlooks the adjacent space to the alfresco area beyond. This bench has underslung sinks and a breakfast bar on its outside edge.
Other cabinets, drawers and hinged overhead cupboards hug two walls, with a freestanding stove on one side, below a boxed range hood.
A practical scullery or “butler’s pantry” provides additional bench and storage space, including a big pantry, another sink, overhead cupboards and the fridge-freezer recess, linking to the laundry, which has a bench-set trough and deep walk-in linen and broom cupboard.
The living-dining area is spacious and practical, with a big window and media recess in the side wall and glazed doors with triangular highlight panels at the back, opening to the alfresco area.
The raised and raking ceiling extends to the alfresco area, lined with decorative boards.
The main suite is also at the back of the house — ideal for shift workers, or to take advantage of a rear view. It has a glazed door in the sleeping area, plus dual fitted robes lining a link to the open ensuite, where half-frosted glass doors screen the hobless shower and toilet, on either side of a stone-topped double vanity unit with semi-recessed square china basins.
Versions of the Viceroy can be built from $199,990.
The Viceroy 3 x 2
Address Fortis Pass, Wandi
Builder National Homes
Phone 9214 1133
Designed for narrow lots and featuring an open-plan living zone with raked ceiling, separate office, rear main suite, alfresco area, stone benchtops, separate scullery, double garage For the Viceroy display, materials had to work within the interior space and be bold design statements without being overwhelming.
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